New Outlook for a New Year

Greetings, colleagues! I hope the first month of your year was a fantastic one. The coming year should feature some great updated information on medical assisting for the public.

Under the excellent leadership of Secretary-Treasurer Charlene B. Couch, CMA (AAMA), the Occupational Analysis Task Force met in Indianapolis during the 2011 Annual Conference and began its work on the 2012 Occupational Analysis. I attended this meeting and assisted this task force in its important charge. I drafted a request for proposal (RFP) for review by the task force. The RFP will be sent to testing and measurement companies with expertise and experience in conducting occupational analysis studies for the health and allied health professions. I’ll keep you informed as the new Occupational Analysis takes shape!

In addition, I was recently asked by a staff member of the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics to review the draft of the two-page description of the medical assisting profession that will be included in the 2012 edition of the Occupational Outlook Handbook.

As the year progresses, information about the profession will be updated on two fronts, helping to provide an accurate picture of your profession.

About Donald A. Balasa

Donald A. Balasa, JD, MBA, executive director and legal counsel for the American Association of Medical Assistants, keeps his eye on what is happening in the profession.
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6 Responses to New Outlook for a New Year

  1. Jill Powell says:

    Please, Please , Please Understand that CMA’s need desperately to make more money or the profession is going to be in serious jeopardy…..We are trained medical professionals, but are paid peanuts…..Many have left the field because of pay. Others are forced to stay in it because they can’t afford to go back to school and pay off the student loan they took out to become a CMA. I started a petition recently because we are in serious need of change!!!! Please help!!!
    http://signon.org/sign/increased-payrecognition?source=c.url&r_by=2392168

    • Thank you for your comment. The AAMA carefully and continually monitors the external environment, and takes your observations seriously.

      The AAMA volunteer leaders and staff will continue to promote the value of CMAs (AAMA) and to protect the right to practice of CMAs (AAMA).

      Thank you again.

      Donald A. Balasa, JD, MBA
      Executive Director, Legal Counsel

      American Association of Medical Assistants
      Ph: 800/228-2262 | Fax: 312/899-1259 | http://www.aama-ntl.org

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      The CMA (AAMA): Health Care’s Most Versatile Professional

      • Lynn says:

        I agree with Jill and we are also looked down upon within the Nursing FIeld, we are treated disrespectfullyby RN’s.

  2. Lynn says:

    I left the doctor I had been working with for 9 years and at the 7 year mark, an RN was brought into the office and treated us as though we were the dirt beneath her feet and our manager really did nothing. After speaking with my doctor i explained to him the situation I told him I had to leave, the situation was not getting better. Later I again spoke to him and explained I needed to leave the practice.

  3. Amanda says:

    okay so I have a question, I’m a certified phlebotomist I started out with a certified healthcare assistant license , that changed over to a certified medical assistant July 1st. so does that mean I can practice as a MA? or do I still need to go through the MA program??

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